The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia made an announcement of proposed amendments to the Local Rules (which can be found here) and are seeking public comment. The notice is on the EDVA website found here.
The more substantive proposed changes include the following:
- Elimination of the provision for using printed forms for motions (formerly Local Rule 7(D)).
- Revision of Local Rule 26(C) to eliminate the specific provisions for serving objections (at 30 days) and responses (at 45 days) to discovery requests served with a Complaint and summons, and to add a provision for cases removed or transferred to the EDVA after the service of discovery that requires discovery objections to be served within 15 days after the case is removed or transferred to the EDVA.
- Changing the date for demanding a jury trial from 20 to 21 days after a party is served with process or summons (Local Rule 38).
- Making clear that the time provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c)(1) — which requires that summary judgment motions be filed within 30 days after the close of discovery and sets a briefing schedule of 21 days for a response brief and 14 days for a reply brief — do not apply to summary judgment motions in the EDVA.
The proposed amendments will become effective as of November 19, 2010, subject to any comments received. Comments are due by November 10, 2010.